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UV-light-driven prebiotic synthesis of iron–sulfur clusters (2017)
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Szostak, J. W., Sasselov, D. D., Sutherland, J. D., Mansy, S. S., Bonfio, C., Valer, L., …Mansy, S. (2017). UV-light-driven prebiotic synthesis of iron–sulfur clusters. Nature Chemistry, 9(12), 1229-1234. https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.2817

Iron–sulfur clusters are ancient cofactors that play a fundamental role in metabolism and may have impacted the prebiotic chemistry that led to life. However, it is unclear whether iron–sulfur clusters could have been synthesized on prebiotic Earth.... Read More

Virus-Templated Near-Amorphous Iron Oxide Nanotubes (2016)
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Shah, S. N., Khan, A. A., Espinosa, A., Garcia, M. A., Nuansing, W., Ungureanu, M., …Bittner, A. M. (2016). Virus-Templated Near-Amorphous Iron Oxide Nanotubes. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 32(23), 5899-5908. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b04491

© 2016 American Chemical Society. We present a simple synthesis of iron oxide nanotubes, grown under very mild conditions from a solution containing Fe(II) and Fe(III), on rod-shaped tobacco mosaic virus templates. Their well-defined shape and surfac... Read More

Three-coordinate iron(II) expanded ring N-heterocyclic carbene complexes (2016)
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Dunsford, J. J., Evans, D. J., Pugh, T., Shah, S. N., Chilton, N. F., & Ingleson, M. J. (2016). Three-coordinate iron(II) expanded ring N-heterocyclic carbene complexes. Organometallics, 35(8), 1098-1106. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00121

A sterically demanding seven-membered expanded ring N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligand allows access to rare examples of three-coordinate iron(II)-NHC complexes incorporating only halide coligands of the general formula [Fe(NHC)X 2 ] (NHC = 7-DiPP;... Read More

Virus-templated silica nanoparticles (2009)
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Steinmetz, N. F., Shah, S. N., Barclay, J. E., Rallapalli, G., Lomonossoff, G. P., & Evans, D. J. (2009). Virus-templated silica nanoparticles. Small, 5(7), 813-816. doi:10.1002/smll.200801348

An engineered variant of the plant virus, Cowpea mosaic virus, can template the controlled fabrication of silica nanoparticles of ≈30 nm diameter under environmentally benign conditions at ambient temperature and in aqueous solvent. This is the first... Read More